Fasting Journal 3: When I decided to try fasting a few months ago, my biggest concern was hunger. I HATE BEING HUNGRY!!! I seriously do not like the feeling of hunger. It makes me irritable and anxious. No one likes being in that state.
So how was I going to deal with a missed meal or not eating for a few days?
First off, I have the advantage of already being "fat adapted". My body does best living off ketones than it does living off glycogen. By following a low carb lifestyle all this time, I've already slain the hunger monster. It's not unheard of for me to completely forget to eat lunch. It's the beauty of low carbing.
However, fasting was a whole new ball of wax! Here's what I came to learn though.
Hunger is not something that keeps building up. The feeling of being hungry comes in waves... manageable waves. And it's not a ravenous kind of hunger either.
If you ride it out, about a
5-10 minute event, the hunger just goes away.
A sign that your body is now sourcing nutrient from your fat
stores. Brilliant!! My body is chomping on its own fat! I am happy and grateful for this. It puts a smile on my face.
So if you've contemplated doing a fast, take comfort in knowing that hunger fades. It doesn't build up.
However, if you are a carb addict or someone who still eats bread, pasta, rice, sugar, etc., you may very well experience some real discomfort. It's not the lack of food, it's your body withdrawing from its sugar sources.
I'd recommend you first adapt to a low carb way of eating before attempting a fasting protocol. It's going to make it so much easier. I'm not saying you can't fast any other way. I'm just saying it will make it a lot easier.
Start Weight: 154
Today's Weight: 152 (-2)
2 tbsp collagen, 1 tbsp heavy cream in large mug of decaf coffee
1 egg fried in 1/2 tbsp butter
2 strips bacon
3 grape tomatoes
1/4 cup sliced cucumber
1 tbsp mayonnaise
2 tbsp coconut kefir
1 cup mesclun mix (from my window sill garden, love that!)
1/2 tbsp avocado oil
1 cup yellow wax beans
2 large chicken thighs with skin
2 large shrimp
2 cucumber slices
1/4 celery stalk
Net Carbs: 11.7g
62% Fat, 32% Protein, 6% Carbs
Chew on This:
· Hunger doesn't build up to intolerable levels. It fades quickly.
· Start by lowering your carbs for a couple of weeks before attempting any sort of fast.
That`s it for Fasting Journal 3- On the next journal page I talk about how much to eat. Check it out!
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